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Masai Mara Luxury Safaris

A true bucket list experience

A safari in the Masai Mara National Reserve is a true bucket list experience. The levels of wildlife in this region are astonishing, and include the largest population of lion in Kenya and all the Big Five. It’s also home to one of nature’s most remarkable events – the Great Migration. 

Many visitors to the Masai Mara come to witness the annual Great Migration, which usually occurs in Kenya between July and October. This incredible natural event sees over two million wildebeest, alongside herds of zebra and antelope, flood the plains of the Mara from Tanzania’s Serengeti in a constant search of fresher pastures. The herds race across the plains and make dramatic river crossings, battling through the perilous waters of the Mara River.
The reserve itself gets very busy, particularly in peak season with plenty of other safari vehicles and overland trucks, so to avoid large crowds we recommend one of the private conservancies just outside the main reserve that have tighter controls over visitor numbers. This way you can enjoy the region’s prolific wildlife – and get a front row view of the migration – whilst minimising the level of crowding.

Set within a natural playground of rolling grasslands, acacia trees and riverine forest, the Masai Mara offers a wildlife experience like no other. As well as being a top reserve to track the big cats, visitors to the Mara can encounter spotted hyenas, giraffes, gazelles, elephants, buffalo, black rhino and much more. Bird watching is also very rewarding, with approximately 450 different species sighted from hornbills to long-crested eagles.

If you’re looking for a unique way to witness the migration, why not opt for a hot air balloon safari which will give you a stunning view over the plains.

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House in the Wild, Masai Mara Masai Mara

The aptly-named House in the Wild is tucked away on a 1,000-acre private estate within the Enonkishu Conservancy, just outside the Masai Mara. Hosted by the Wood family and their friendly team of local staff, …

Angama Mara, Masai Mara Masai Mara

The view over the Great Rift Valley may well be staggering, but will it prove as memorable as watching zebra and giraffe sauntering nonchalantly past the lodge as you’re having breakfast? Or spotting a …

Naboisho Camp, Masai Mara Masai Mara

But there it is, at the end of your luxurious, cedar bed; the beautiful Kicheche Valley, dotted with acacia trees and home to an incredible wealth of wildlife.

Naboisho Camp is set on …

Offbeat Mara, Masai Mara Masai Mara

Stay at Offbeat Mara on your luxury, tailor-made holiday and prepare to experience an authentic Kenyan safari. The camp enjoys a scenic riverside location within a vast private conservancy where, …

Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara Masai Mara

Backed by lush riverine forest, Governors’ Camp enjoys panoramic views over the river and the wildlife it attracts. Built entirely under canvas, but with all the comforts of a luxury hotel, it’s one of …

Ngare Serian, Masai Mara Masai Mara

Hugging the banks of the Mara River, this secluded little camp provides a truly romantic and peaceful escape. Sister to the original Serian camp, Ngare sits in its own exclusive conservation area and can only …

Rekero Camp, Masai Mara Masai Mara

If you’re shooting a movie you have to be somewhere you know will be rich in game. The same could be said of keen photographers treating themselves to the safari of a lifetime.

Naibor Camp, Masai Mara Masai Mara

The idea of living in the heart of the Masai Mara is reason enough to make Naibor Camp part of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Kenya. The Masai Mara is, after all, one of the …

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Sala's Camp, Masai Mara Masai Mara

You hold your breath. In the lens of your camera is one of Africa’s most dangerous animals. The buffalo stares back, ponderously assessing you. Meeting any of the Big Five – buffalo, elephants, rhinos, lions …

Serian ‘The Original’, Masai Mara Masai Mara

What really sets Serian apart is its location. One of just 11 camps in the exclusive Mara North Conservancy – an 80,000-acre private wilderness where big cats bask in the sunshine – you will feel like you have …

Elephant Pepper Camp, Masai Mara Masai Mara

Regardless of whether you’re hearing them for the first time or the hundredth, the roar of a great-maned male lion, or the howl of hunting hyenas ripping through the black night is a spine-tingling …

&Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, Masai Mara Masai Mara

You’ll find Kichwa Tembo on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, an idyllic spot where riverine forest meets the sweeping Mara plains. All of the Big Five roam these parts, and in migration season, …

Ol Seki Hemingway, Masai Mara Masai Mara

Ol Seki is an exclusive tented camp, elevated above the plains on a high, rocky outcrop. The camp itself sits within the Naboisho Conservancy – 200 sq km of private, untamed wilderness adjacent to the Mara. With …

Cottar’s Safaris, Masai Mara Masai Mara

Established in 1919, Cottar’s soon gathered a name for offering superlative safaris that took well-heeled adventurers into the wilds of East Africa on the track of big game. Today, the Cottar’s reputation for unforgettable …

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Naboisho Camp, Masai Mara Masai Mara

But there it is, at the end of your luxurious, cedar bed; the beautiful Kicheche Valley, dotted with acacia trees and home to an incredible wealth of wildlife.

Naboisho Camp is set on …

Kicheche Valley, Masai Mara Masai Mara

The six luxurious tents, built in a unique style incorporating high eco-standards, are set on platforms and provide the perfect base to see the stunning wildlife and wilderness. With strict controls on bed and vehicle …

Kicheche Mara Camp, Masai Mara Masai Mara

Tucked away in a beautiful, acacia-lined valley and protected only by a thicket of ancient olive trees, Kicheche Mara Camp is a familiar part of the landscape for passing animals. There are no fences; so …

Mara Plains Camp, Masai Mara Masai Mara

It’s pitch dark, but the atmosphere is palpable. Out there, beyond the firelight of your camp, Africa’s top predator is roaring in the darkness. And he is not far away,

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